Booker fundraising on Castro’s departure from 2020 race

Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), a 2020 Democratic White House hopeful, is fundraising off former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro’s departure from the presidential race.

The Booker campaign sent a fundraising email on Thursday expressing grief over Castro suspending his campaign earlier in the day, saying the Democratic stage was losing “yet another person of color.”  

“Here’s the reality: It seems like billionaires with bottomless checkbooks have a clearer path to the nomination then talented, experienced, qualified candidates like Julián Castro,” the email obtained by The Associated Press read. “Julián’s early exit is a loss for our party and this nominating process.” 

The email says the loss of the only Latino candidate in the race signifies why “we need Cory’s voice now more than ever” and asks for donations.

Booker is one of the only people of color left in the race, along with former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) left the race last year. 

The New Jersey senator is currently ranked eighth in national presidential polls, according to RealClearPolitics.

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